StoryMuse Trainings


“It’s sort of like capacity-building for resilience.”

StoryMuse Trainings are workshops where I coach groups in the art of telling their own stories.

Given all that’s happening in the world these days, I’m growing ever more passionate about helping people tell their stories – well. Please read more about my mission & values.



“It was really amazing to hear people let their guard down. I was so honored to hear everyone’s story.”


Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Storytelling Project – Story Collector – 2018 & 2019 – The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Story Collection Project is collecting stories representing the experience of individuals living with a developmental disability in Georgia. These stories, accompanied by professional photographs, will be instrumental in the efforts of GCDD to advocate for Georgians living with disabilities. Coming in fall 2019– Hidden Voices, the seven-episode podcast inspired by this project!

Society for Neuroscience – Story Consultant – Summer/Fall 2019 – Provide coaching for presenters involved in a storytelling session at SfN’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the storytelling session is to convey information in a different and more engaging manner than the traditional scientific presentations that take place at the meeting. Presenters are expected to discuss a personal narrative while connecting with the audience. The Storytelling Symposium brings together neuroscientific discovery, science reporting, and personal storytelling in a synergetic and memorable way. Lectures will interweave with personal stories to showcase the effective ways in which neuroscience researchers and journalists can collaborate, how storytelling provides a common ground between science and art, and the power of narrative to hold captive our storytelling brains.

Kate’s Club – In October 2019, I’ll provide a workshop series with youth at this amazing organization that provides respite and friendship for young people who have lost a family member.

Recent Past

University/Academic/Leadership Trainings

“I loved every storytelling workshop and know organizations out there want to train their managers on using storytelling to capture audiences.”


Using Our Stories for Advocacy

Faith & Spiritual Development

  • Emory’s Candler School of Theology – Personal Storytelling for Ministry & Leadership – November 18, 2016
  • First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta – Strength Through Vulnerability, Resilience Through Empathy – June 11, 2017
  • North Piedmont District of the United Methodist Church – Trinity, NC – Clergy & Laity Workshops & A Performance – November 16-17, 2017
  • Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – Greensboro, NC – Clergy & Laity Workshops – May 3-5, 2018
  • “Manifesting Stories and The Power of Storytelling” – Compassionate Atlanta, January 24, 2019

“I did not think there was an art to storytelling or it was a skill I needed to be learn. I absolutely had no idea how powerful a tool it is and how much it would help me as a leader. All that changed when Shannon took us through detailed lessons in the art of storytelling. Now I know better. I understand the power of telling the right stories the right way.”


Boards, Arts, & Nonprofits

Youth & Marginalized Populations

Individual Trainings

  • “Calling Janus: Stories of Reflection & Manifestation” – December 31, 2016
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtors Retreat – Telling Your Stories & the Stories of Spaces & Places – November 14, 2017
  • Don’t Bury the Lead: Your Personal Story is Your Super Power – Presentation to Atlanta Copywriter’s Meet-up, October 8, 2018

Workshop Rates:

My rates are reasonable, and I’m looking forward to working with you. I believe in right-sizing workshop rates according to the number of participants, your budget, and context. If you’re interested in a workshop or residency, please schedule time with me.


Quotes from Participants & Partners:

  • “The emotional gravity of such an undertaking necessitated an enormous amount of patience, trust-building, care, and commitment–all of which Shannon demonstrated in spades. Shannon listened deeply to and honored the needs of participants and us, the commissioning arts presenter. Consequently, we all seemed to grow through the process Shannon facilitated. As a story coach, she maintained high expectations for participants, always leavened by love and understanding for the complex emotions one tangles with when preparing personal stories for performance.” ~ Jon Catherwood-Ginn – Associate Director of Programming, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
  • “Most business reviews agree that storytelling will be the biggest business skill in the years to come. I am thankful to have had the best coach in this discipline. My ability to understand the team I lead and how to inspire them to give their best has been richly enhanced.” ~ Emmanuel Yofenyuy Fai Yengo, Treasury Inspector, Chief Accountant – Directorate General of the Treasury, Financial and Monetary Cooperation, Ministry of Finance, Cameroon
  • “I really enjoyed the storytelling workshops. I like sharing my story on cancer to youth and other small groups. I believe now it will be more built and deliver it well. I now know how to make it interesting to listen to.” ~ Chaikhwa Lobatse, RN – Ministry of Health, Botswana
  • “Shannon Turner’s storytelling workshops/classes for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI) at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, gave me be a better view on how to engage people or an audience. The more I participated in her storytelling workshops/classes, the more I began to understand the role storytelling would play in my personal development as well as my ability to be a better manager and leader.”~ Obiefule Iroabueke, Assistant General Manager (Business Development and Investment), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) – Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria
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